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Over the Labor Day weekend, Seattle hosts a
music, comedy, film, and arts festival called
Bumbershoot. Despite the name, the weather is
usually sunny. It's a popular event, so planning
ahead is key. You'll make the best use of your time
by purchasing tickets in advance, arriving at the
gate an hour early, and using the program
schedule to plan your day. As soon as you pass
through the gate, find the line for the evening main
stage shows and pick up your free pass.  You'll
miss these shows if the passes run out. Try to
arrive 30 minutes ahead of each scheduled event
to secure a good seat.

We attended Bumbershoot so far in 2007 and 2008
and enjoyed the experience. Some of our favorite

A festival of short films made by Northwest
directors who were given severe time limits to
prepare, shoot, and edit their films. They had a
limited selection of props and filming locations
chosen by the festival, and they had to use a
designated group of actors. The funniest film was a
competition between Death and a Robot in playing
chess, checkers, and a series of easier and easier
games with Death becoming more and more
frustrated as he loses every game.

A group from San Francisco called Cyclecide put
on a human-powered carnival made up of rides
powered by the participants as they propel the
machines ahead by furious pedaling. They also put
on a bike rodeo and perform stunts on bikes. The
group has been traveling the country since 1998
and turns up at quirky festivals like Bumbershoot.

Last year the comedy track of Bumbershoot was
expanded significantly. We watched a couple
stand-up comedians and a live comedy radio show.

There's lots of interesting ethnic foods to try and
shopping booths with crafts and Third World

The official Bumbershoot website

by Austin Kelly
Rock concert in Memorial Stadium at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival
Cyclecide at Bumbershoot
View of the Seattle Space Needle over the International Fountain on Bumbershoot weekend
Bob Marley towel at Bumbershoot Seattle
Seattle Center International Fountain
Evening main stage concert
View of the Space Needle at night from Memorial Stadium
Nye Beach